Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered an ancient wall relief dating back to the Caral civilisation – the oldest known civilisation in the New World.
Though whimsical in appearance, these ancient symbols held very serious meaning.
The delightful wall relief was discovered by an Archaeological Zone Caral (ZAC) team at the Vichama archaeological complex in Supe Valley, about 112 miles (180 km) north of Lima, Peru, as reported in Deutsche Welle.
Dating back to the Late Archaic Period of the Central Andes, this site was once home to the Caral civilisation, also known as the Norte Chico civilisation, which is considered the oldest known civilization in the Americas.
At its peak, an estimated 3,000 people lived in this complex, which contained plazas, dwellings, and a large temple.
Archaeologist Ruth Shady Solís, the director of excavations at Vichama, says the wall once formed the antechamber of a public building and it faced towards the agricultural fields of the Huara Valley, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune.